Bnei Akiva inspires and empowers young Jews with a sense of commitment to the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and the Torah.

For more than 80 years Hachshara has played a part in shaping and training the future leaders of Bnei Akiva and Jewish communities around the world.

Hachshara is a vital component in your Bnei Akiva journey, when you can devote time to learning Jewish texts, develop independently and explore your identity.


If you are in Year 12, it is not too early to start thinking about a gap year! We will be happy to put you in touch with current participants in our programmes, or with any of our partner institutions to begin a conversation and answer any questions you may have.

To register interest, please complete the survey using the button below or feel free to email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Torani is designed to enhance your year of learning. When you’re not in Yeshiva or Midrasha, we’ll provide a variety of programmes to let you live and feel the pulse of the Land of Israel.

We are your family in Israel. You’ll be more independent than you’ve ever been in your life, yet you can relax in the knowledge that your needs are being looked after.

From welcoming you at Ben Gurion airport and taking you to your Yeshiva or Midrasha, to arranging Shabbat hospitality for you whenever you need, you can always rely on us to be there for you.

Torani gives you a head start on your Bnei Akiva journey. It will enhance your development and prepare you to fill advanced leadership roles in Bnei Akiva and beyond.

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The Kivun programme is a life-changing, integrated gap year experience with Bnei Akiva. The programme has been designed to facilitate the personal and religious growth of participants through diverse and challenging experiences, giving an authentic encounter with Israel.

Throughout the year, participants will learn a range of traditional and contemporary Jewish topics, be immersed in discussions surrounding the issues at the forefront of dialogue in Israeli politics and society today, and get to see and really contribute to Israel in an unparalleled manner. Our goal is for every participant to get excited about our ideology and develop your skills to be the next leaders of Bnei Akiva and beyond.

Kivun is based in Jerusalem, however the programme will take you the length and breadth of the country. You’ll spend time on kibbutz, volunteer in the north and experience the Israeli workplace through a work experience programme. You’ll have a choice between an army experience or volunteering with MDA, and you’ll have high-quality Jewish and Israel education running throughout the year, from text study to touring and with a large focus on practical and active learning. Celebrating Shabbatot and chagim together, including a group seder night and dancing through the streets for Yom Yerushalayim, Kivun is a powerful, immersive experience like no other.

To find out more information about Torani or Kivun call us on 020 8209 1319 ext.3 or email [email protected] to have a chat about your options.

Bnei Akiva gratefully appreciates the generous support of the Danielle and Michael Gross Bursaries provided through UJIA